Take 50 university education students who may not be quite sure they want to be teachers. Pour them all into a charter bus, and drive them five hours to a remote Texas Hill Country location. Mix in equal parts of enthusiasm and dedication, well-planned interdisciplinary curriculum, and face-to-face interaction with middle level students. Let simmer in the October sun by the Llano River. Watch while the mixture swells with confidence, commitment, and community. Like many great recipes, the perfect mix of ingredients was discovered as much by accident, as by conscious intent when the middle level program at Texas Tech University's (TTU) College of Education and the outdoor school at Texas Tech's Junction, Texas, campus partnered to provide an intensive three-day introduction to field experiences for teacher candidates. The partnership was designed to begin the preparation of high-quality middle level teachers through a developmentally appropriate field-based experience. This article describes the results of that experience, which exceeded the expectations of everyone connected with the project.